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  • Aug 24, 2013 - added a new page with maps and navigation information for the convention site.
  • Aug 23, 2013 - expanded the travel and parking pages.
  • Aug 22, 2013 - you can now access program and other convention information from our mobile applications.
  • Aug 21, 2013 - Press Release #32: LoneStarCon 3 Thanks Publishers for Supporting Public Libraries in San Antonio.
  • Aug 20, 2013 - our interactive program guide is now online, with details of all 945 program items!
  • Aug 20, 2013 - the Pocket Program can now be downloaded in PDF format from the publications page.
  • Aug 20, 2013 - Press Release #31: LoneStarCon 3 Partners with Ustream to Broadcast 2013 Hugo Award Ceremony.
  • Aug 19, 2013 - our Restaurant Guide can now be downloaded from the publications page.
  • Aug 13, 2013 - the overall convention schedule is now available including service hours and program highlights.
  • Aug 12, 2013 - Progress Report 5 is now available.
  • Aug 12, 2013 - there will be a ghost walking tour of San Antonio on the evening of Thursday, August 29.
  • Aug 12, 2013 - our animation program will be showing a wide range of anime and cartoons.
  • Aug 8, 2013 - published initial agenda and materials for the WSFS Business Meeting.
  • Aug 7, 2013 - Press Release #29: LoneStarCon 3 to Feature Author Jay Lake with Film Premiere and Special Exhibit.
  • Aug 1, 2013 - every day is special with our Theme Days in the Exhibit Hall.
  • Aug 1, 2013 - John Hertz will be leading book discussion groups on The Glass Bead Game, Vintage Season, and The Dying Earth. Read them, and then join in!
WSFS Business Meeting

LoneStarCon 3 is administered under the rules and auspices of the World Science Fiction Society (referred to by the abbreviation "WSFS"), which has governed Worldcons for the past seventy years. WSFS will have a business meeting at LoneStarCon 3 to consider changes to its constitution, and to announce the results of the site selection votes for the 2014 NASFiC and 2015 Worldcon.

WSFS also has a number of standing committees to perform tasks assigned from the business meeting. Among these is the Mark Protection Committee, which protects the service marks of the World Science Fiction Society (including the name "Worldcon") used by Worldcon each year.

Business Meeting Overview

The World Science Fiction Society (WSFS) consists of every member of the current Worldcon. The WSFS rules, published in the Souvenir Book, consist of a Constitution containing the rules for the Hugo Awards and for the selection of future Worldcons, as well as The Standing Rules for the conduct of the Business Meeting. Every attending member of LoneStarCon 3 can attend the meeting, propose changes, debate those changes, and vote on them.

Changes to the WSFS Constitution, including any changes to the rules for the Hugo Awards, must be approved by votes at two consecutive Worldcons. In addition, there may be new proposals introduced this year. This meeting may defeat and amend new proposals. Meetings are conducted under a relatively formal structure, codified in Robert's Rules of Order, Newly Revised, and the WSFS Standing Rules.

Kevin Standlee has written an excellent guide to the Business Meeting which provides a great starting point if you are planning to attend and are not familiar with the way the meeting works.

The deadline for submitting new proposals to the Business Meeting is fourteen (14) days before the first Preliminary Meeting. The Presiding Officer may accept otherwise qualified motions submitted after the deadline, but all such motions shall be placed at the end of the agenda.

The deadline for submitting new proposals for LoneStarCon 3 was Friday, August 16, 2013, at Midnight, Pacific Daylight Time. This deadline has now passed.

Business Meeting Times

The Business Meeting is always held on the second, third, and fourth mornings of the Worldcon (rarely, a meeting on the fifth day is required).

For LoneStarCon 3, the Business Meetings will therefore be held on Friday (Preliminary), Saturday (Main), and Sunday (Site Selection). All of the meetings will be held in Room 006CD in the convention center, starting promptly at 10:00 a.m.

WSFS Constitution and Standing Rules

WSFS has its own website, which you can find at www.wsfs.org.

WSFS is governed by a Constitution and Standing Rules, which ensures that the organization continues effectively from year to year even though the WSFS membership is changing all the time. These are available as web pages in HTML format and as downloadable PDFs.

  • The WSFS Constitution (as of September 2012) HTML PDF
  • The WSFS Standing Rules (as of September 2012) HTML PDF
  • Resolutions of Continuing Effect (as of September 2012) HTML.

Chicon 7 Business Meeting

Documents passed on from Chicon 7 are as follows.


Agenda (updated as of Wednesday, August 21)

The agenda for the 2013 WSFS business meeting is posted below, with links to reports and submitted business where available.

To request new business or contact the Chairman of the Business meeting please contact Donald Eastlake III at bm@LoneStarCon3.org.

Agenda Section 1 - WSFS Committee Reports and Resolutions

WSFS has a number of committees which are obliged to report to the Business Meeting. Their 2013 reports are published here. Resolutions submitted by the committees are listed here and will be discussed within this part of the agenda.

Notes:

  • These are standing committees which report back annually.
  • The HEROW report includes a number of motions regarding eligibility, in addition to those listed explicitly under section 4.2.

Agenda Section 2 - Worldcon Financial Reports

All Worldcons and NASFiCs are required to present annual financial reports to the Business Meeting from the time they are elected until they close their accounts. A number of Worldcons are due to present reports at LoneStarCon 3; we will publish them here as they become available.

Agenda Section 3 - Business Passed On from Chicon 7

No new Constitutional Amendments were approved at Chicon 7 to be passed on to LoneStarCon 3 for ratification.

Agenda Section 4 - New Business

WSFS members may submit new business for consideration by the Business Meeting. Motions submitted prior to the convention will be published here as they become available.

4.1 - Constitutional Amendments

4.2 - Resolutions of Continuing Effect